ECE Course Outline


Radar Imaging (3-0-3)

ECE 4270
Catalog Description
An in depth study of digital signal processing methods for Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) image formation. Methods are also applicable to sonar.
C.F. Barnes, Synthetic Aperture Radar: Wave Theory Foundations, Analysis and Algorithms (1st edition), Barnes, 2015. ISBN 9780692313732 (required)

Topical Outline
ECE 6282 - Radar Imaging covers all major topics related to synthetic aperture radar (SAR) science, systems 
and software. SAR science is established on a foundation of wave theory. SAR systems for stripmap, 
spotlight, Spotmap, volumetric, inverse, scan, swept, etc., modes are explained. SAR analysis techniques are 
presented at a detailed mathematical level, including analysis of chirp signals, and both stretch and chirp 
receiver systems. All SAR algorithm classes are studied: Stolt formatting, polar formatting (including back-
projection methods), hyperbolic coherent summing, spherical coherent summing (including back-propagation 
methods), range stacking, range-Doppler and chirp scaling. Novel methods for volumetric SAR imaging are 
Topical Outline:
  - SAR Overview
  - Signal Analysis Preliminaries
  - Wave Theory Framework
  - Cross-Range Aperture Synthesis
  - Down-Range Pulse Compression
  - Chirp Signals and Phase Curtains
  - Infinite Aperture Stolt Formatting
  - Finite Aperture Stolt Formatting
  - Surface Antenna Analysis
  - SAR Signal Channel Models
  - SAR Algorithms